Community Indicators Projects Certification
The ISQOLS Certification in Quality-of-Life Research program is designed to help QOL researchers specializing in community indicators projects obtain additional training and become officially certified in the field. This certificate program is administered by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a globally-recognized academic and professional association, with its own publications, journals, conferences, and identity, and the Management Institute for Quality-of-Life Studies (MIQOLS).Download Brochure Sign Up Now
Learn the Ins and Outs of Planning, Developing, and Implementing Community Indicators Projects
This course focuses on the process of planning, developing, and implementing community QOL indicators in the context of a town, county, city, rural area, or a metropolitan region. The program is self-paced and facilitated mostly one-on-one through personal communication with the instructor.Download Brochure Sign Up Now
The certification course includes:
To learn more about the certification program, watch this video overview presented by the course instructor, Dr. Joseph Sirgy.
The first module discusses the theoretical foundations of community indicators research. Five theoretical concepts are described guiding the formulation of community indicator projects.
Topics in this module include:
This certification program is aimed at:
A World-Renowned Instructor
M. Joseph Sirgy is a management psychologist (Ph.D., U/Massachusetts, 1979) and the Virginia Tech Real Estate Professor Emeritus of Marketing at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA) and Extraordinary Professor at the WorkWell Research Unit at North West University – Potchefstroom Campus (South Africa). He has published extensively in the area of business ethics and quality of life (QOL). His awards include: International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies’ (ISQOLS’) Distinguished Fellow Award, ISQOLS’ Distinguished QOL Researcher, Academy of Marketing Science’s (AMS) Distinguished Fellow Award, AMS’ Harold Berkman Service Award, Virginia Tech’s Pamplin Teaching Excellence Award/Holtzman Outstanding Educator Award and University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the EuroMed Management Research Award, and the Macromarketing Society’s Robert W. Nason Award. Best paper awards include articles published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, the Journal of Travel Research, and Applied Research in Quality of Life. His editorial responsibilities include co-founding editor of Applied Research in Quality of Life, editor of the QOL section in the Journal of Macromarketing, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Macromarketing, editor of ISQOLS’/Springer’s book series on International Handbooks in QOL, Community QOL Indicators--Best Cases, Applied Research in QOL--Best Practices, and co-editor of the Springer book series on Human Well-Being and Policy Making.
What our former students say:
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is self-paced and administered mostly one-on-one through personal communication with the instructor. Course participants are assigned an online training manual. After reading the manual and interacting with the instructor, the participant is assigned several case studies to analyze. The instructor then certifies the participant upon successful completion of these case analyses. Since there is no set timeline, the length of the course will vary based on the how quickly the student can master the material.
No. However, to make the most out of the material provided in this course, it is recommended that the applicants have at least some background in social sciences and rudimentary knowledge of population statistics.
ISQOLS can provide educational credit in terms of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Community Indicators Projects Certification Program. 1 CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours. The Community Indicators Projects Certification Program involves an estimated 15 contact hours in total. This translates into 1.5 CEU. As such, the program provides 1.5 CEUs.
Those interested in receiving the CEUs should provide enough information to their own educational institution about the ISQOLS certification program and their own institution would determine if they would accept these CEUs.
Many occupations require CEUs to stay licensed in their profession (planners, pollsters, survey researchers, public administrators, etc.). Those who wish to use the certification program for CEUs in meet continuing education requirements of their profession should contact their state/country licensing board and submit information about the course.
This certification is provided by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS), a global organization with a mission to promote and encourage research in the field of quality-of-life (QOL), happiness, and wellbeing studies. ISQOLS has members all throughout positioned in academic institutions as well as stakeholder groups, and are well-respected for their contributions to QoL. As such, an official certification would be beneficial to anyone who wants to apply the science of wellbeing to guide community indicators projects, academic research projects, policy making, managerial decision-making, population statistics, and/or coaching and counseling.
Some benefits of the certification expressed by our former students include:
The principal benefits you will obtain from the certification course are:
This course is administered by a seasoned QoL scholar, Prof. Dr. M. Joseph (Joe) Sirgy. Students will additionally gain access to lecture slides, videos, the book (training manual), and one-to-one communication with the instructor through e-mail and video conferencing.